No, that’s not the Darkness’s Justin Hawkins or Stix Zadinia from Steel Panther rocking out in those new, going-viral-as-we-speak Diet Dr Pepper commercials. It’s not even American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis in full-on Rock of Ages mode. It’s actually another American Idol alum (and another Justin), Justin Guarini — and clearly “self-employed” rocker Lil’ Sweet is the role he was born to play.
“Lil’ known fact about Lil’ Sweet: He sings in the key of sweet and always carries a spare six pack of Diet Dr Pepper with him. No one knows where he keeps it, though,” the soft drink’s YouTube channel states.
But it’s pretty well-known that Lil’ Sweet is actually the Season 1 Idol runner-up… even if Justin is somewhat unrecognizable wearing Aqua-Netted long locks even lusher than his famous Sideshow Bob curls and a sparkly gypsy scarf that looks like it was plucked from ex-Idol judge Steven Tyler’s closet.
Seriously, if Justin Guarini had looked and sounded like this back in Season 1, I totally would have voted for him.